Twitter Slams Brock Turner's Short Sentence With Ridiculously Long Hashtag

by John Haltiwanger

Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster while a freshman at Stanford University, and he spent just three months in jail.

Turner was convicted of three felonies and faced up to 14 years in prison. He was given a six-month sentence, but was released after three months for good behavior.

He now has to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Turner's case ignited national outrage due to the lenient nature of his sentence.

Judge Aaron Persky, who delivered the sentence, worried a harsher punishment would have a "severe impact" on Turner. As a result of the criticism he faced, the judge moved off of criminal cases.

There is an ongoing debate over the way in which America's criminal justice system deals with cases of sexual assault.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the average sentence for sexual assault in 1997 was six and a half years.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics also reports the average sentence for rape is 11 years.

Turner was not convicted of rape. State laws regarding rape and sexual assault are different and quite convoluted.

With that said, it's understandable people are upset Turner spent such a short time in prison.

Many also believe there's a strong racial bias when it comes to how the criminal justice system deals with sexual assault and rape.

Brock Turner has been pointed out as a prime example.

Relatedly, an analysis from the US Sentencing Commission found prison sentences for black men were 20 percent longer than those for white men who committed similar crimes.

The conversation surrounding all of this spawned a hashtag, #ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence, which people are using to vent their frustrations about Brock Turner.

Most of these tweets offer a fairly tongue-in-cheek take on this extremely controversial case, but they do help prove a broader and valid point.

Turner might not be in jail anymore, but the discussion surrounding his case is clearly not going anywhere.

As a society, we definitely need to have a more concerted discussion about rape, sexual assault and how we respond to it.